Dredging

Some traditionally navigated channels within the Pleasant Bay ACEC are outside of previously permitted maintenance dredging areas and therefore could not be permitted for dredging under current state regulations. The Pleasant Bay Alliance identified the need to examine the full implications of the improvement dredging restriction in light of the formation of a second inlet in the Nauset barrier beach in 2007, and the resulting dramatic shifts in sediments within Pleasant Bay and Chatham Harbor in the vicinity of the inlet. The final report, Assessment of Need, Impacts and Regulatory Feasibility Associated with Limited Improvement Dredging in the ACEC, recommended an amendment to the Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan. The plan amendment has been submitted as a warrant article for consideration at 2012 Annual Town Meetings in Chatham, Orleans, Harwich and Brewster

Download the Assessment of Need, Impacts and Regulatory Feasibility Associated with Limited Improvement Dredging in the ACEC

Assessment of Need_compressed

PowerPoint Presentation on Improvement Dredging Assessment: BoSDredging

Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment: 2012TM_article